Writer for NPR, CNN. Oglala. Chicano. Columbia U alumnus. Former IndianCountryToday, NBCNews, MTV, DenverPost. Writing a book for UMN, out 2018.
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Lynn Eagle Feather, the mother of Paul Castaway, a Lakota man who was fatally shot by a Denver cop in 2015, prepares to speak about police brutality prior to a candlelight vigil for Kyler Grabbingbear, a 19-year-old Lakota youth who was shot and killed by an Adams County sheriff’s deputy in Colorado on Dec. 7.
“Look, if you can get them to change the name I’ll take my hat off to you,” Neno Mejid, 71, a hardcore fan of the Washington NFL team said to me outside FedEx Field on Nov. 23.
“Would you take off all these racist logos and slurs instead?” I asked.
“That I would,” he responded.
(Photo by Vincent Schilling)
#Repost from @jopwell: In the words of journalist @simonsaidtakeapic, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation: “We are doctors and lawyers and writers and actors and chefs. Divorce yourself from everything you think you know about Natives and start over again. Let’s move forward together.” #NAHeritageMonth
My latest. An excerpt from "Moya-Smith: D.C.’s Nasty Underbelly, And, Yes, Trumpcare Will Kill Natives": "The Fourth has come, but not quite gone. More than a week later, the stench of old, rotting food and backwash boiling in beer cans fill the air…I sat down with a producer at NPR the other day at Roofers Union on 18th St., and we discussed coverage and police brutality and racist Indian mascots. But I don’t want talk about that now. I want to watch the man with sunburnt shoulders in an American flag hat, muscle shirt, and pants, and wonder: Is he wearing red, white, and blue whitey tighties? What about thongs and G-strings made to resemble the American flag? Is it unpatriotic to ram a red, white, and blue flag up the crack of your ass? Or is just good ol’ ‘Merican patriotism? I’ve never owned a thong myself, but on Independence Day or President’s Day or even Columbus Day, for that matter, it just seems poetic to link pricks and assholes and flags." (Illustration by @getoutkay). Read the piece on Indian Country Media Network: buff.ly/2uqUaPL
@getoutkay, the illustrator, illustrated me saving her after a night of painting the town. Not pictured, a crabby cabby having none of it: "No, no, no!" he shouted. I held my foot in the car as he revved the engine, threatening to pull away. Alas, with foot still attached to body, she got home safely. Take care of each other, folks. Always.